“Robert Boyle, Lady Ranelagh, and the Great Plague of 1665-66” Monday 22 March 5-6pm 

Dr Michelle di Meo

Dealing with pandemics is nothing new for scientists. Throughout history new contagious diseases have emerged, seemingly out of nowhere. Physicians, researchers, and public officials then scramble towards mitigating the spread and discovering a cure while death tolls and unemployment rise. Robert Boyle and his sister, the scientific collaborator Lady Ranelagh, lived through the infamous Great Plague of London over 1665-66. What did they understand about the disease? How did they deal with it? Are there any lessons from 350 years ago that could apply to COVID-19 today? Join us as historian Michelle DiMeo illuminates how Robert Boyle and Lady Ranelagh’s experiences with a plague year share some striking similarities to what we face today.  

To book, go to http://www.robertboyle.ie/

Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China, CHOMI seminar, 25 Feb. 5 pm

Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China

Dr Jenny Bond (University College Dublin)

To register, please click here

Once you have registered, a link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the address you provide. Please note: you do not need to download Zoom to join the webinar. For more details please see the attached flyer.

For details of other seminars in the 2020/21 CHOMI series, see here

Population Health Advocacy: The Legacy of Sir Charles A. Cameron, 2 March

Sir Charles Alexander Cameron (1830-1921) RCSI President, Professor of Chemistry, Public Analyst and Medical Officer of Health for Dublin.

To mark the centenary of his death, RCSI will host a virtual panel discussion to address the importance of population health advocacy and present the inaugural Sir Charles Alexander Cameron Award for Population Health. We are delighted to announce that Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, will be the first award recipient in recognition of his global leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health. Panelists include:

  • Dr Ida Milne, Historian and Lecturer in European History at Carlow College
  • Professor Donal O’Shea, Professor and Head of Chemistry Department, RCSI
  • Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • Professor Emer Shelley, Honorary Associate Professor of Epidemiology RCSI and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI
  • Dr Ciarán Wallace, Historian and Deputy Director of the Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury, TCD
  • Date:02 March 2021
  • Time:13:00 – 14:00
  • Category:Community, General events 
  • Location:Online

Registration can be found here: https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/news-and-events/events/event/2021/the-cameron-award

RAMI History Section Lecture

Knowing the prostate, knowing the man: the
creation of a surgical specialty, 1895-1920

by Kieran Fitzpatrick BA, MA, DPhil. NUI Research Fellow in the Humanities, Moore Institute at NUI Galway

Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 6.15 pm
Conor Ward Room, First Floor, Setanta House
Setanta Place, Dublin 2

More details here: RAMIFitzpatrickFLYER


CHOMI Seminar October 24th

The next CHOMI seminar is being held this coming Thursday (24 Oct 2019).

Professor Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge) will speak on ‘Opening up a few corpses: Islam, dissection and modernity’. The seminar is being organised in partnership with UCD Global History Seminar Series and will be held at 5pm in K114, School of History, Newman Building, UCD. See poster attached.

CHOMI seminar 24 Oct 2019 (Khaled Fahmy) (1)


HSTM Network Ireland Annual Conference 2019

18-19 October 2019

Ulster University, Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED

The conference organisers invite you to register for the HSTM Network Ireland’s annual conference taking place at Ulster University, Belfast Campus on 18-19 October 2019. The event will showcase innovative, original research currently being pursued by established and early-career researchers working in HSTM in Ireland and abroad.

Conference registration will cost £20 (coffee breaks and lunches are included in this price).

An optional conference dinner will take place on Friday, 18 October, at Made in Belfast, 23 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD.

There will be an additional charge of £30 for the conference dinner (which must be paid for in advance via the conference registration system).

Conference Keynote

‘Life begins at 40: biological and cultural perspectives on middle age’

Professor Mark Jackson Professor of the History of Medicine and Research Theme Leader for Medical Humanities, University of Exeter

Conference Programme available here:  HSTM 2019 Conference – Final Programme

Conference Registration link  here 


RAMI History of Medicine Section Lecture

Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 6.15 pm

Geoffrey Bourke Room, First Floor, Setanta House
Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Winston Churchill’s Medical Men

David J Eedy MD, FRCP (Lond)
Consultant Dermatologist, Craigavon Area Hospital, Co Armagh

More details here RAMIEedyFLYER_16Oct2019


HSTM Network Ireland/ Dublin Festival of History Event

We are delighted to partner with the Dublin Festival of History this year to celebrate the role of women in the history of science!
Introducing our three panelists….
Jessamyn Fairfield is a physics lecturer at NUI Galway. She is the science reporter for Newstalk’s radio show ‘Futureproof’ and runs Bright Club in Ireland (the variety night for lateral minds). Jessamyn will be speaking about the women involved in the production of the first nuclear weapons or ‘the Manhattan Project’.
Laura Finnegan is a student at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and recent winner of the Mary Mulvihill Award (the science media competition for third-level students that commemorates the legacy of science journalist and author Mary Mulvihill (1959–2015)). Laura will be discussing her winning art project which celebrates Irish science and will focus on her depictions of women who have made contributions to Irish science in the past.
Rebecca O’Neill is the Project Coordinator for Wikimedia Community Ireland and is the WITS (Women in Science and Technology) representative on the National Committee for Commemorative Plaques in Science and Technology. Rebecca will talk about her work with these organisations to promote the achievements of women in the history of science.

More details  here

All welcome!


A Celebration of Women in the History of Science

HSTM Network Ireland in association with the Dublin Festival of History

celebrates the role of   ‘Women in the History of Science’

Join us on October 2nd at the City Hall, Dublin, for this exciting lunchtime event

Details available here

All welcome

No booking necessary

HSTM Annual Conference 2019 CFP Extension

Note: The CFP has been extended to August 15th

HSTM Annual Conference at Ulster University (Belfast campus), 18-20 October 2019

For its upcoming conference, the HSTM Network invites proposals on any topics in the history of science, technology and medicine. Topics do not necessarily have to relate to Ireland. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract including five key words and mention the name and affiliation (unless independent) of the speaker. Individual presentations should be no more than 20 minutes, with 10 minutes afterwards for questions. Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250-word abstract including five key words), a chair if possible, and a 100-word panel abstract. In both cases, please have ‘Abstract 2019 conference’ as your email subject. Confirmation of acceptance should be within a month following the closing date.

Contact: Hstmconference2019@gmail.com

Further details available here: hstm call for papers 2019 (1)